Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

Chocolate, brownies, healthy, anti-aging... something doesn’t sound quite right, does it? When you hear brownies, it’s usually the fudgy decadent squares of chocolaty goodness you think off, and the sugar rush (and crash), dull skin and breakouts that follow! But what if I told you, you could enjoy a plateful of brownies completely guilt free? Have I got your attention yet?

Cacao (the unrefined, richer version of the cocoa we all know) is actually one of the richest sources of free radical fighting flavonoid antioxidants such as catechin (can I get a hallelujah!). Add to that the anthocyanin content of black beans that are also loaded with fibre and you’ve essentially got yourself an anti-aging, deliciously decadent treat that you and your skin will love (who knew it was possible?).

And don’t be afraid to start (some of – everything in moderation please) your mornings with these brownies - the caffeine content in the cacao can help replace your coffee without surrendering your morning pick me up!

3 ingredient brownies with cocoa

Black bean brownies

If you read black bean brownie and the doubt set in, you wouldn’t be alone. While the flour and bean combo sound odd, brownies from black beans are a great alternative if you’re looking for a healthy way to still enjoy a chocolate treat.

While it is strange to make brownies with black beans, a brownie mix with black beans is a great source of protein, flavonoid antioxidants and fibre. If you’re wondering what black beans taste like, they don’t really have a distinctive taste making them great to blend into a brownie recipe with black beans.

Additionally, black bean fudge brownies mainly use black beans to make a large mass of the brownie, reducing the flour content, making them a gentler alternative for your gut. You could also omit the flour entirely and make this a favourite gluten free brownie recipes.

If you’re still on the fence about black beans, a great black bean alternative is to make adzuki bean brownies. They are slightly more textured and also won’t have the classic dark colour associated with a traditional black bean brownie recipe. You could also experiment and add any gluten free beans as a black bean substitute.

If you’re following a vegan diet, you can also make these brownies without eggs. A brownie recipe without eggs may be a little denser than a standard brownie or black bean chocolate muffins, but they can be enjoyed on a vegan diet. Additionally, a no egg brownie recipe would reduce several free radical inducing nutrients from eggs. You’d essentially be making anti inflammatory brownies.

Can’t wait to try them, find the vegan, gluten free brownie recipe below:

black bean brownies vegan

How to make black bean brownies


  • 1 can (~ 450g) of black beans (rinse thoroughly and drain – 250g drained)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut sugar (you can use normal cane sugar if you wish)
  • 1/3 cup instant cook oats (or get a 1/3 cup of rolled oats and blend)
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 10 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 3 tbsp of melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of baking powder (make sure it’s the powder and not soda!)
  • 2 tbsp of cacao powder (5g)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • At least 1/2 cup of chocolate chips/cacao nibs

Optional extras

  • Grated walnuts
  • More chocolate chips/cacao nibs (because why not?)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Mix the beans, oats, sugar, dates, baking powder, cacao powder and salt in a large bowl
  3. Separately mix the coconut oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup
  4. In a food processor, mix the contents of both bowls and blend until smooth
  5. If the gluten free vegan brownie batter appears too thick and solid, add one or two tablespoons of water and blend again (blend until the consistency is slightly moveable when tilted but not runny)
  6. Then add in the chocolate chips/cacao nibs and pulse a couple of times
  7. Grease a baking tray and pour the mixture in, levelling it off with the back of a spoon or a spatula
  8. Add more chocolate chips to the top and put it into the oven for about 15-20 minutes – until the top is dry and begins to crust
  9. Remove the vegan black bean brownies and wait at least 20 minutes for it to cool before removing from the tray
  10. Cut into squares and decorate with nuts, more chips or/and chocolate sauce and serve


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